Right Now in This Day in History Class

Alfred Dreyfus Convicted - December 22, 1894

Alfred Dreyfus was wrongfully convicted of selling military secrets to Germany on this day in 1894.

Pan Am Flight 103 Bombed - Dec. 21, 1988

A bomb exploded aboard Pan Am Flight 103 on this day in 1988.

South Carolina Seceded - Dec. 20, 1860

South Carolina seceded from the Union on this day in 1860.

"A Christmas Carol" Published - Dec. 19, 1843

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" was published for the first time on this day in 1843.

Piltdown Man's "Discovery" Announced - Dec. 18, 1912

The "discovery" of the Piltdown Man was announced on this day in 1912. There's more to the story in the December 26, 2016 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class. 

Saturnalia - Dec. 17

The observance of Saturnalia begins on December 17, although we don't know precisely which year the first Saturnalia was observed. There's more detail in the December 23, 2009 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

Boston Tea Party - Dec. 16, 1773

American colonists in Boston protested British rule with the Boston Tea Party incident on this day in 1773.

Sitting Bull Killed - Dec. 15, 1890

Sitting Bull, the Hunkpapa Lakota leader and seminal Native American figure, was killed at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation on this day in 1890.

Roald Amundsen Reaches the South Pole - Dec. 14, 1911

Roald Amundsen and his expedition became the first people to reach the South Pole, beating Robert Falcon Scott's expedition, on this day in 1911.

Ibn Battuta Completes His Travelogue - Dec. 13, 1355

Ibn Battuta, one of the most accomplished travelers of the medieval Islamic world, completed his travelogue known as the Rihla, or Journey, on this day in 1355.

Oaks Colliery Explosion - Dec. 12, 1866

The Oaks Colliery exploded on this day in 1866.

Louis XVI Indicted for Treason - Dec. 11, 1792

Louis XVI was indicted for treason on this day in 1792. There's more detail in the November 19, 2008 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

300 Million Yen Robbery - Dec. 10, 1968

Japan's 300 Million Yen Robbery took place on this day in 1968.

Cretan Autonomous State Established - Dec. 9, 1898

The Cretan Autonomous State was established on this day in 1898 under the Julian calendar. By the Gregorian calendar, it was December 21.

Christina of Sweden born - Dec. 8, 1626

Christina of Sweden was born on this day in 1626. In the new-style calendar, she was born Dec. 18. She's also covered in the October 20, 2014 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

Pearl Harbor Attack - Dec. 7, 1941

Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on this day in 1941, bringing the United States into World War II.

Halifax Disaster - Dec. 6, 1917

The Halifax Disaster occurred on this day in 1917. There's more on the tragedy in the December 19, 2011 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

Mary Celeste Spotted Adrift - Dec. 5, 1872

The Mary Celeste was spotted adrift on this day in 1872. You can learn more in the January 24, 2013 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

Rainer Maria Rilke Born - Dec. 4, 1875

Rainer Maria Rilke was born on this day in 1875.

Kapenguria Six Trial Began - Dec. 3, 1952

The trial of the Kapenguria Six began on this day in 1952.